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Buyout speculation surrounds Best Buy, Supervalu

The two major Minnesota-based companies have watched stock prices drop dramatically as they struggle to grow sales. Some analysts believe the Richfield-based electronics retail giant and the Eden Prairie-based supermarket operator could be a prime target for cheap leveraged buyouts. The Star Tribune explains...
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The two major Minnesota-based companies have watched stock prices drop dramatically as they struggle to grow sales. Some analysts believe the Richfield-based electronics retail giant and the Eden Prairie-based supermarket operator could be a prime target for cheap leveraged buyouts. The Star Tribune explains...

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